From The FreeP: BU, fresh off No. 1 ranking, visits Merrimack

bumihvsmaine-35-400x266Fresh off its eighth consecutive win, the Boston University men’s hockey team will travel to Merrimack College on Tuesday night for a rare midweek clash.

Ahead of the game, however, a larger bit of news surfaced surrounding the program: the Terriers are college hockey’s newest No. 1 team.

BU (16-5-2, 9-2-2 Hockey East) last earned this distinction on Dec. 15, 2014, but head coach David Quinn scoffed at the recognition, especially with another two conference points at stake against the Warriors (8-13-3, 2-7-3 Hockey East).

“I pay zero attention to it,” Quinn added. “The only thing that matters is the PairWise [Rankings.]”

Doyle Somerby, BU’s captain and a senior defenseman, said the ranking is exciting, but also struck a similar chord with Quinn.

“We’re just chugging ahead,” Somerby said. “We were No. 1 a couple different times throughout my sophomore year, that national championship run, and we always seemed to slip up. A lot of the older guys here are saying, ‘Don’t even worry about it. Look ahead.’”

For a full version of this article, click here for the complete version on The Daily Free Press.

From The Freep: Gabriel Chabot feature

When the Boston University men’s hockey team announced its freshman class this past summer, there was one surprise. The big names – Keller, Bellows, Krys, Fabbro and Oettinger – rolled through, and then a curveball popped up on Twitter: Gabriel Chabot.

As a result, some of you may have been wondering all fall and winter exactly who Chabot is. After all, he’s scored twice for BU and been a constant in the lineup, more specifically on the fourth line.

To provide more insight into the 21-year-old winger’s story, Jonathan wrote up a feature over on The Daily Free Press.

Here’s a small snippet:

“That’s the thing — I want to be here for the long run,” Chabot said. “Some guys have the opportunity to leave after a year or two, but they don’t to get to be a part of this school, the fans, the program. This is amazing. I want to be here as long as I can.”

The rest is yours to read…

RECAP: BU Beats BC in first installment of the Battle of Comm. Ave.

The third period was shaky as can be, but Boston University held on against Boston College on Friday night at Agganis Arena, earning a 2-1 in the process.

The scoring got underway in the second period, when Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson tipped home a shot from Dante Fabbro. BC answered right back, though, with Colin White banging home a power-play goal with ease.

Looking to regain the lead, Clayton Keller scored the ultimate game-winner as provided by Jordan Greenway. For a full recap of the night’s affairs, check out Jonathan’s recap over on The Daily Free Press.

Outside of the goalscorers, this game was always going to feature an elite battle of goaltenders. On one side it was BU’s Jake Oettinger, and on the other BC’s Joseph Woll. They both featured on Team USA’s 2017 World Junior Championship squad that last week secured a gold medal.

For more on that clash, check out Jonathan’s sider over on The Daily Free Press.

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From The FreeP: BU beats Union in overtime

What a night to be a Boston University men’s hockey fan.

With seven players in the gold medal game of the 2017 World Junior Championships, the Terriers welcomed Union College to Agganis Arena on Thursday night. While the group’s absence was felt, BU thrived, earning a 5-4 win over the Dutchmen in overtime.

Whether it was Connor LaCouvee in goal or a slew of unheralded players chipping in, the Terriers were electric at times. For a complete roundup of the night’s events, check out Nick’s recap.

The star of the night, however, was Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson. Slotting onto BU’s first line, the Swedish center netted a hat trick and was arguably the best player on the ice. You’ll want to hear what his teammates and head coach think of his play.

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From The FreeP: BU beats Yale to close out 2016

While about 10 days remain until Christmas, the Boston University men’s hockey team handed its fans an early present to close out 2016.

Slated against the Yale University Bulldogs, BU skated comfortably to a 5-2 win. For a full recap of the night’s events, check out Jonathan’s game story over on The Daily Free Press.

The night’s first star – perhaps to the surprise of everyone in attendance – was sophomore defenseman Shane Switzer. He potted two goals in just his ninth collegiate game, and offered a steady presence along the blueline. Check out Nick’s story over on The Daily Free Press about the Michigan native.

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From The FreeP: BU hosts Yale

It seems like yesterday that the Boston University men’s hockey team’s 2016-17 season just got underway, but here we are. On Tuesday night, the sixth-ranked Terriers will host Yale University for a non-conference clash to close out 2016.

Coach Quinn’s side will be slightly less than full strength, as senior forward Tommy Kelley is still out injured and junior defenseman John MacLeod is questionable. Meanwhile, freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro is off at Team Canada’s World Junior Championship preliminary camp.

For a full write-up of what could unfold against the Bulldogs, BU’s fourth ECAC foe of the season, check out Nick’s story on The Daily Free Press.

It’s also worth taking a gander at Coach Quinn’s recent comments on the struggles of freshman forward Kieffer Bellows.

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From The FreeP: Pat Curry Feature

BU hockey fans, we have another feature laying in wait. This time we profiled Patrick Curry, one of the Terriers’ nine freshmen.

He has six points through his first 14 collegiate games, but it’s often the intangibles that best sum up Curry’s contributions. Be sure to check out all Jonathan wrote up here over on The Daily Free Press.

Here’s a small snippet:

“He’s definitely one of those guys who’s not afraid to mix it up out there and he’s very good at getting guys off their game,” Maciuk said. “He has a little bit of that Kenny Linseman in him from back in the day. You want to have him on your team because you hate to play against him.”

The rest is yours to read…

From The FreeP: BU snags three points from Providence weekend

David Quinn and Nate Leaman, the head coaches of Boston University and Providence College, respectively, both described clashes between their squads as a rivalry. After this past weekend’s series, it’s easy to understand why.

Inside the hostile confines of Schneider Arena on Friday night, the Terriers snagged a 2-1 win, even if it was against the odds. Freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger put up nearly 40 saves, while the penalty kill was immense, especially in the first period.

Another key storyline from Friday’s encounter was that BU’s depth was on full display. For various reasons, Nick Roberto, Jordan Greenway, Clayton Keller and Tommy Kelley were out, causing Quinn’s side to dig deep into the roster.

  1. For more on Nick’s recap, click here.
  2. For Jonathan’s sider, click here.

The sides were right back at it again on Saturday night, this time at Agganis Arena. Despite being largely outplayed for the whole contest, BU snagged a 2-2 draw that carried through overtime. Such a close state of affairs wasn’t indicative of ineptness on BU’s part, though.

The Terriers took 20 minutes of penalties, only for goals from Brandon Hickey and Nik Olsson to save their bacon. It wasn’t the prettiest game by any means, but three out a four possible points in Hockey East play is largely a success.

  1. For Jonathan’s recap, click here.
  2. For Nick’s sider on Olsson, click here.

From The FreeP: Previewing the Providence weekend

The Boston University men’s hockey team returns to action this weekend against Providence College. The first tilt is set for Friday night in Rhode Island’s capital city, while the Friars and Terriers return to Agganis Arena on Saturday night.

We sat down with head coach David Quinn ahead of the series to preview all that’s in store. For updates on injuries, how BU spent its Thanksgiving break and more, click here.

Hint: Quinn views this as a vital weekend set.

From The FreeP: BU secures win over Harvard

Thanksgiving break just got that much sweeter for the Boston University men’s hockey team.

In what marks the closest geographic rivalry in college hockey, the Terriers swept aside Harvard University, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Agganis Arena. BU snagged goals from Pat Harper, Kieffer Bellows, Nick Roberto, Dante Fabbro and Pat Curry, while Connor LaCouvee recorded his second win of the season.

The teams traded goals throughout the contest, so for a recap of what unfolded, check out Nick’s game story.

One of the subtler takeaways from the Terriers’ clash with the Crimson was the play of Curry and the return of Ryan Cloonan from injury. Jonathan went in depth on both subject matters in his game story.

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